How Should I Set My Thermostat for When I’m At Work?

For plenty of hours a day you’re away at work, or maybe at school. Yet your comfort system keeps going and going, despite the house being empty. This uses a ton of energy and feels like wasting money. You can significantly lower this cost by adjusting the thermostat up or down as you head to work and adjusting it back to your desired temperature when you get home. But how much should you adjust the temperature? 

Here’s what the Department of Energy has to say about thermostat changes: 

You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling bills by simply adjusting your thermostat down 7°-10°F for eight hours a day from its typical setting. The percentage of savings from setback is greater for buildings in milder climates than for those in more dynamic climates. 

The lower the contrast between the outdoor and indoor temperatures, the less expensive your total cooling bill can be. You can effectively save energy during the winter by adjusting the thermostat to around 68°F while you’re awake and setting it down while you’re in bed or away from home. In the summer, you can use the same strategy with central air conditioning by keeping your house warmer than normal when you are away and setting the thermostat to a setting as warm as you can manage comfortably when you return and want cooling and to secure humidity control if required. 

You might have been advised that making these adjustments are not worth the effort because your comfort system has to work harder to get back to your preferred temperature, using up your savings, but the energy department puts that notion to rest, especially for a furnace: “A common misconception associated with thermostats is that a furnace works harder than normal to warm the space back to a comfortable temperature after the thermostat has been set back, resulting in little or no savings. In fact, as soon as your house drops below its normal temperature, it will lose energy to the surrounding environment more slowly.” 

Programmable and Smart Thermostats 

Despite the benefits of changing your thermostat any time you leave for work, it’s very easy to forget in the rush of getting ready and on your way. This is one advantage of programmable and smart thermostats. You can set your thermostat to automatically shift to a different temperature during your average work hours. And with a smart thermostat, you can adjust the temperature (or the programming schedule) from your smartphone or similar device. This is especially helpful if you’ve neglected to adjust the setting before leaving for a trip. 

Remember the Pets 

If you have pets at home, think about their comfort too. Cats and dogs with dense fur won’t be comfortable with high temperatures. And pets with less dense fur may not be happy with cold temperatures. The same goes for tropical birds, fish and reptiles. Since temperature preferences vary significantly by breed and species, look them up for your pets. 

More Benefits of Setting Your Thermostat for When You’re Away 

  • Carbon emissions – The more often you use your HVAC system, the more carbon emissions you generate. Saving energy minimizes air pollution and greenhouse gasses. 
  • HVAC Longevity – Overworking your HVAC unit can reduce its life expectancy and cause additional maintenance to be required. It also means the air filter will clog up more quickly, making your indoor air supply worse. 

If you have any questions about your air conditioner settings, or if you need HVAC repair or maintenance, contact the specialists at Norrell Service Experts, a big company with homegrown heart. We’re enthusiastic about making the world a comfortable place to live. Whether we’re keeping things warm, cooling things down or making the water flow, we have a lot of pride in keeping our customers and communities cozy and contented. 

Experts — it’s in the name and core to our business. We strive to help each team member develop into a skilled professional. We employ the best and provide instruction, opportunities and assistance, so our staff can learn, grow and be equipped for any kind of challenge thrown their way. 

Our united business strength and people separate us from other service companies. With over 4,000 team members working together, we can deliver and innovate better than the rest of the industry. Our enthusiastic, neighborly attitude energizes our teamwork and helps us get the job done on time, and right — the first time. 

Our blend of company size and personal expertise means we can do more with the next great idea … which could come from anywhere and anyone. We are reinvigorating the industry by harnessing each team member’s most popular ideas. That means our teams and customers can rest easy knowing we’re moving, innovating, delivering, and in it for the long haul, through the busy times and beyond. 

We are Norrell Service Experts! Offering strength, knowledge and support through every season. 

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